What's New

Jun 22

Washington, DC – The interest rate on new subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans for undergraduate students will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1 if Congress does not act. The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is extremely concerned that if interest rates double, a college education will be further out of reach for Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese, and other disadvantaged students.

Jun 20

Today, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) released its report, Encouraging Economic Empowerment: A Report on the Financial and Banking Capabilities of Southeast Asian American Communities in California. The report aims to provide, for the first time ever, insight into the banking and financial capabilities of Cambodian, Laotian, Hmong, and Vietnamese Americans in California. To access the report, click here.

Jun 19

Washington, DC – The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is alarmed by new research from the Pew Research Center which paints Asian Americans overall as faring better than other groups in the United States. While it is important to highlight the successes of Asian American communities, SEARAC is concerned that the Pew research on Asian Americans can do much harm by masking challenges that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) face.

Jun 19

The American Community Survey (ACS) is one of the few reliable and accurate sources of disaggregated socioeconomic data on Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans, who, together, make up the Southeast Asian American community. Eliminating the ACS would undercut the ability of the Southeast Asian American community and community-based organizations (CBO) that serve this population to advocate for their fair share of federal, state, and local resources.

Jun 5

The campaign has been extended to midnight June 28. So it is not too late to create your fundraising page and become eligable to win an iPad 3 from SEARAC! If you have already created a page, you still have about 3 weeks to gain donations from your family, friends, and allies. Please use this additional time to achieve your donation goals! Visit the campaign webpage here. Create an individual fundraising page and compete to win an iPad 3 here.

Jun 4

On May 4, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued a Request for Information (RFI), announcing that it is seeking to gather and share information about practices and policies from schools, school districts, and the general public regarding existing education data systems that disaggregate data on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) student populations.

May 17

On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown released his revisions to the 2012-2013 California State budget. Unfortunately, the Governor’s budget revealed that California is mired in a $15.7 billion budget deficit. Despite years of severe budget cuts to education, Health and Human Services (HHS), and other state programs—California’s budget remains out of balance as tax revenues dropped below expectations.

May 7

Help support SEARAC's upcoming Leadership and Advocacy Training on July 15-17, 2012 by raising money! Create your own fundraising page and enter to win an iPad 3. Any amount of contribution will help young and upcoming Southeast Asian leaders across the country! Click here for more details!

Mar 7

SEARAC is now accepting applications for our 14th annual Leadership & Advocacy Training. This training is open to any applicants who are Southeast Asian American or who work with Southeast Asian American communities across the country. The training will be held from July 15-17 in Washington, D.C. The application is available online. Apply today! The deadline to apply is April 29, 2012.

Mar 1

On February 13, the president released his proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year. SEARAC reviewed the president’s budget and provides some analysis below on areas that impact the Southeast Asian American community.